Detectives hoping to ID body of man murdered in 1972

Detectives hoping to ID body of man murdered in 1972

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Investigators are digging up the grave of man who was killed in 1972 and think it might help them solve a cold murder case.  

Few, if any, useful clues have survived the passing years. Today's investigators don't even have a name to label the thin case folders, so the victim goes by "John Doe, 1972."

In May of 1972, the young man's body was found in a pond on Indian Lake Road, the victim of a stabbing.  Four decades later, deputies are hoping to solve his murder. 

Last week, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office exhumed the body from his grave at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Daytona Beach.

The first objects encountered a few feet down were several small jars. 

"The little jars were what contained the fingers of our victim, because what happened back then was, they cut off the fingers and sent them for analysis and shipped them back to us," said Brandon Haught with the Sheriff's Office.

At least one jar still contained a preserved severed finger that had been returned by the FBI and buried in the grave.

It took a lot of careful chipping away at the rusted metal to finally reveal the victim, still enveloped in a rubber body bag. Once the bag was finally pried free of its surroundings, the graduate students lifted it out to the surface.

While John Doe is believed to have been in his late teens when he was murdered, new evidence may indicated he was younger.

Investigators are hoping that a finger print, DNA, and results of a CT scan will help them figure out the identity of the victim.  They will do a face reconstruction.  It could take months before they have the results from all of this new testing.

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